Matt Flynn working to get healthy, help Jets

Matt Flynn is hoping to get healthy, then help the New York Jets

FLORHAM PARK: The New York Jets had a decision to make. With starting quarterback Geno Smith sidelined 6-10 weeks with a fractured jaw, the team needed to add a veteran.

The best option on the market? Journeyman Matt Flynn.

The issue with that best option? Flynn is a week away from being able to play due to a hamstring issue.

The question? To sign, or not to sign?

“Well, we thought about waiting (to sign him,)” Jets coach Todd Bowles said. “But we thought it would be a good idea (to sign him now) because he may not be available next week.”

Prior to the start of this year’s training camp, Flynn, then a member of the New England Patriots, tweaked his hamstring while working out on his own. The injury lingered, and kept Flynn sidelined for the first three weeks of camp. With New England having just three quarterbacks (including Flynn) on the roster, the team needed an able arm to spell Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo.

As a result, Flynn was waived, and Ryan Lindley signed.

“That was unfortunate,” Flynn said. “I didn’t get to practice there at all. They had two guys practicing and one of them being Tom Brady, and he’s out there taking a ton of reps. You know, not something that you really want a guy like that doing. So they had to get someone in. Going into these preseason games, they had to get someone.”

It wasn’t long ago that Flynn was one of the more sought-after free agents on the open market. After four years backing of Aaron Rodgers, Flynn signed a three-year, $26-million contract with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012. Despite being pegged as the team’s starting quarterback, he lost out on a training camp positional battle to rookie Russell Wilson. After the season, he was traded to the Oakland Raiders.

Like in Seattle, Flynn was expected to be the Raiders starting quarterback, but again lost the starting job in camp, this time to Terrelle Pryor. He was released in October, just six months after being acquired. He signed with the Buffalo Bills a week later, was cut a month after that, and then returned to the Green Bay Packers where he spent the last two years.

He signed with New England as a free agent this offseason before being released last week.

Flynn said the Jets told him nothing’s guaranteed with his signing, and Bowles added if another player becomes available, there’s a chance the team moves on from Flynn. But in the meantime, the quarterback is focused on getting healthy and helping New York anyway he can.

“I’m happy to be here, happy to have this opportunity,” Flynn said. “It’s kind of been a whirlwind the last couple of days.”

Connor Hughes is the New York Jets beat writer for The Journal Inquirer and He can be reached on Twitter (@Connor_J_Hughes), or via email (

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